By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Northeast Mississippians have a chance of seeing an unusually high amount of snowfall this weekend.
According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, there is more than a 60 percent chance that five to eight inches of snow will start falling Saturday night.
Meteorologist Bill Borghoff of the National Weather Service said the snow is expected to remain until Monday morning.
“This is going to be a significant amount of snowfall,” said Borghoff. “Mississippi doesn’t usually get this amount of snow, so this is a pretty big deal.”
The amount of snow expected increases the farther north you travel in the state, Borghoff said.
With the snowfall, there is also a chance of sleet, which has road crews in the area preparing the sand trucks.
For the second time in less than three weeks, Lee County Road Foreman Tim Allred is preparing his crew to salt or sand down the county’s more than 150 bridges in anticipation of a weekend snowfall that is expected to exceed what the area saw during Christmas.
“Anytime you get ice on the ground, especially on bridges, you’re dealing with a serious situation,” said Allred. “We have a lot of bridges in the county and it’s going to take a lot of manpower to take care of them, but we are prepared for the worst.”
Temperatures on Saturday should peak in the mid-40s and drop into the low-20s, according to Borghoff.
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